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IT consulting can be the key to getting your best skills used, and biggest ideas realized as a software developer. Consulting is founded on being authentic.

Software consulting is really about getting your software development skills used.

When you try to get a friend of yours to take your advice about something, you are consulting.

When you try to convince a colleague to use a different tool or process for developing software, you are consulting.

And when you persuade leadership to take a new approach for budgeting or product planning – you are also consulting!

Not everyone will enjoy being a full-time consultant, but learning to persuade others through ethical means that your advice is important is invaluable to your career. In the second half of my career I spent a decade as a consultant, and it gave me superpowers.

If you have the courage and discipline to explore this aspect of your career, you’ll be able to convince even those people everyone may have told you “will never go along with it” to be a cheerleader for your ideas.

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The Art of Tech Persuasion: A Programmer’s Guide

July 27, 2022 | 14:42

Ever wanted to do something new, or make a change on your software project – but other people on your team won’t support you?

I Quit My Software Project To Stay Healthy
I Quit My Software Project To Get Healthy!

February 12, 2019 | 19:34

Have you ever had to quit a good software project…because you figured out you weren’t going to be successful in your role? I did – here’s the story.

Scrum Got People Fired
Scrum Got 3 People Fired From A Software Project!

July 20, 2018 | 11:37

Blame-shifting and improper application of scrum got people fired on a software project I was on where the client was inexperienced with agile.

Webcam spying rewrote our code
They Watched Us With Webcams And Rewrote Our Code!

July 13, 2018 | 13:40

One of the most frustrating software projects I’ve been on involved webcam spying and finding the people who hired us rewrote our code!

Keep New Team Continuous Delivery
It’s Hard To Keep A New Team Doing Continuous Delivery

June 29, 2018 | 7:55

A story of how I tried to help a team use continuous delivery – only to see them stop following it after I left. It’s hard to hold teams accountable!

Scrum Kanban Hidden Agenda
We Were Hired For A Hidden Agenda

June 15, 2018 | 7:49

Ever been on a software development project where one team is putting pressure on another because of a hidden agenda? I was, and things got interesting…

Software Product Never Got Built
We Designed A Software Product That Never Got Built

June 8, 2018 | 10:16

One of the most frustrating software projects I’ve been on was when we designed a product that never got built!

Stop Learning Write Code
Know When To STOP Learning And Just Write The Code!

June 2, 2018 | 7:06

Software development draws us in with endless opportunities, but are they right for every project? There’s a time to stop learning and write code!

Software Project Help
I Got By On A Software Project With Help From My Friend

May 25, 2018 | 7:02

There’s no shame in getting help from a friend on a software project! In this episode I tell a story about how getting help was critical to my success.

Scott Nimrod Healthy Developer Interview 1
Scott Nimrod on Consulting and Software Craftsmanship

May 13, 2018 | 1:09:31

In this interview, Scott Nimrod and I discuss dynamics between consultants and hiring managers, career growth, and the direction of the industry.

Software Project Death Spiral
Pull Your Software Project Out Of A Death Spiral!

February 4, 2018 | 14:36

If you get the feeling your software project is in a death spiral, there are several things you should try before you give up hope!

Programming Estimation
Programming Estimation – Estimate Software Tasks With Caution

February 1, 2018 | 13:06

Programming estimation is a dangerous activity that should be approached with caution! But it doesn’t have to be so stressful.

software consensus
How To Build Consensus For Software Decisions

October 13, 2017 | 7:59

Get people to agree and come to consensus so you can grow on your software project, or in your career with these tips I’ve learned.

how to win trust
How To Win Trust For Your Software Development Ideas

August 1, 2017 | 30:04

Before you can try something new that requires other people to support you, you’ve got to win trust for your software development ideas.

software developer vs consultant
Software Developer Vs Consultant – What’s Better For YOU?

July 24, 2017 | 34:56

This episode will help you evaluating the trade offs of a software developer vs consultant, and figure out what’s better for your career.